Bass development  

25.1.2000

"Bass's plans are unsuitable." - Davey
Local MP blocks leisure giants plans for Chessington leisure complex

Tolworth & Chessington's MP, Edward Davey has produced a submission for the next planning committee opposing Bass Development's proposals for a huge cinema, bowls and leisure development encompassing the Toby jug and neighbouring MAFF sites.

The land had previously been identified in the Borough's Unitary Development Plan for residential housing and community facilities.

In his letter to the Council's Chief Planning Officer, Edward argued for the urgent need to provide affordable housing in the Borough.

Commenting on the plans, Edward said,
"It is clear that this proposals does not meet the Borough's guidelines. Unfortunately, this big leisure giant thinks it can throw its weight about to get what it wants."

"I am particularly concerned about the traffic implications. Hundreds of extra cars will be coming directly to the Tolworth roundabout and the slip road. Unlike previous proposals for a swimming pool on nearby council land, this plan has few community benefits and will cause more congestion."

"We must stand up to this company and support local residents who clearly oppose these plans. They are completely out of character with the surrounding area. As a result, I feel that I must support them in taking on this giant."

"Hopefully, my submission will encourage the planning committee to see sense and they will be minded to refuse this unsuitable application."

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